From the Otsego Herald for Saturday, Aug. 18, 1810
H. & E. Phinney, Jun. (Proprietors of the Copy-Right) have just Printed, and now offer for Sale at their Book-store, by the 100, dozen, or less quantity of a new and useful work, called, The Columbian Reader, containing a new & choice collection of Descriptive, Narrative, Argumentative, Pathetic, Humorous and Entertaining Pieces, Together with Speeches, Orations, Addresses and Harangues. To which is added, A new collection of Dialogues. Designed for the use of Schools.
Note: Merchants, and others, will be furnished with the above Book, by the dozen, at the usual price of the Preceptor. It is believed that those who will take the pains to procure and peruse the Reader, will be well satisfied as to the merit and arrangement of the Book, for the use of Schools. August 11.
COMMENT: I have a copy of the second edition, published in 1811, and apparently identical with the first, except for the correction of typographical errors. It states that the first edition was printed in an edition of 4,000 copies, and that 12,000 copies are to be printed of the second.
It contains 226 pages, and includes a wide variety of quotations, from one to three pages, from mostly British sources.
My copy originally belonged to Alvah McCollom (1803-1884), a farmer in New Lisbon, who wrote on the fly-leaf ``Alvah McCollom’s Property.
These are to forbid all persons writing in this Book or making any marks whatever or tearing or damaging it in any way.’’
Alvah may have been a son of James McCollom, who was the first schoolteacher in New Lisbon.
Alvah apparently passed his reader on to his youngest daughter, Elizabeth C. Mc- Collom (born 1852) who, in 1865 and at the age of about 13, inserted in the book a slip of paper demonstrating her excellent handwriting, On it she has written: ``The donation for Mr. Wales is to be Friday evening, Dec. 22nd,’’ followed by ``This is a specimen of my hand writing,’’ eleven times, and then by the alphabet in both lower case and upper case letters.
On the back is written ``Miss Elizabeth C. McCollom, New Lisbon, Otsego Co., New York’’ and ``Miss Charlotte Chapin, New Lisbon, Otsego Co., New York.’’ Charlotte was a little older than her friend Elizabeth, having been born in 1848.
Kill the Dogs!
Boston, August 7. Mad Dogs.
It is said that many dogs in this town, yesterday, discovered evident symptoms of madness.
Would it not be well for the inhabitants to follow the example of the people of Billerica, who, it is said, last week made a general slaughter of the dogs in that place, on the appearance of madness among them.
One mad dog in Dorchester, it is said has done more than one thousand dollars damage.
At best, in this town they are become a great nuisance, and surely the safety of one human life ought to be preferred to the whole species of this loathsome and dangerous animal.
From the Otsego Herald for Saturday, Aug. 18, 1810
- Otsego Herald
- To Win The War CURSORY REFLECTIONS. Monday next, is the day fixed upon by adjournment for the meeting of Congress. So soon as that assembly shall have convened, we hope to see prompt and efficient measures adopted, in pursuance of which the War can be vigorously prosecuted, and its objects the sooner attained.
- American failure The campaign, on the St. Lawrence, from which so much has long, confidently, and reasonably expected, has ended far short of its object. ... The main army has taken post near St. Regis, for the winter; and ... the division under General Hampton is hutting on the Saranac.
- Village ordinance Be it ordained by the trustees of the village of Cooperstown, That if any person shall wilfully injure or destroy any building, pump, pound, or other property, belonging to the trustees of this village, he shall forfeit and pay Five Dollars, besides a just compensation for the damage so done, to be recovered with costs of suit in any court having cognizance thereof.
- British Retreat Gen Proctor's Withdrawal
- Fort Mims Massacre From Gen. Ferdinand L. Claiborne to Gen. Flourney...3d Sept. 1813.... The attack on Maj. Beasley was made at about 11 o'clock A.M. on the 30th [August]. It was unexpected at the moment it occurred, but the whole garrison was immediately under arms.
- Cooperstown Elephant!
- A Federal tax on alcohol BE IT ENACTED...That every person who on the first day of January next, shall be the owner of any still or stills...used for the purpose of distilling spirituous liquors...shall apply for and obtain...a license....
- Great Naval Victory Letter from Com. Perry to Secretary of the Navy, 13th Sept., 1813.
- MAN MISSING NOAH PRESTON, an inhabitant of Camden, in the county of Oneida, being subject to turns of mental derangement, on Saturday the 11th [September] left his home and family, and after strolling around the fields and woods of his own town, was at last recognized by an old acquaintance, on Oneida creek, near Oneida Castle on the same night, and since which time he has not been seen or heard of.
- Magnanimity We cannot help calling the attention of our readers to the noble conduct of Croghan and his brave associates at Sandusky, after repulsing the enemy ... The enemy had sought their lives, had openly menaced their extermination, had declared that he would give no quarter.
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